Monday, January 13, 2014

Author Spotlight: J.A. Redmerski

This week we are excited to introduce you to New York Times and USA bestselling author J.A. Redmerski.

J.A. Redmerski juggles several different literary genres. She lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

We first discovered J.A. Redmerski in the fall of 2012.  I was sitting at lunch with my best friend and now blog partner, Laura, discussing how I hadn't really found anything good to read lately and she told me about this book The Edge of Never.  Laura said she had one-clicked it because the synopsis sounded good and that the story started out with the characters in North Carolina.  Well what could be better than a book taking place in the state where we lived???  Needless to say I decided to go ahead and one-click myself.  The next thing I knew I was completely engrossed and before I went to bed that night I had read the entire book.

Loving Redmerski's writing style I found myself looking for any other books written by her and before long she had become one of my favorite authors.  Many of you may be familiar with The Edge of Never and its sequel The Edge of Always as well as Killing Sarai and Reviving Izabel, but did you know Redmerski also has a paranormal romance trilogy as well?  The Darkwoods trilogy is fantastic and if you enjoyed the Twilight books I highly recommend you give The Darkwoods trilogy a chance. It's not about vampires but it is a fresh and unique twist to werewolves.  You can check out our review of book # 1, The Mayfair Moon here.

Books By J.A. Redmerski

The Edge Of Never
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

The Edge Of Always
Five months ago, Camryn and Andrew, both dealing with personal hardships, met on a Greyhound bus. They fell in love and proved that when two people are meant to be together, fate will find a way to make it happen.

Now, in the highly anticipated sequel to The Edge of Never, Camryn and Andrew are pursuing their love for music and living life to the fullest as they always swore to do. But when tragedy befalls them, their relationship is put to the ultimate test. As Camryn tries to numb her pain, Andrew makes a bold decision: To get their life back on track, they'll set out on another cross-country road trip. Together they find excitement, passion, adventure-and challenges they never could have anticipated.

The Darkwoods Trilogy
Mayfair Moon (Book #1)
After a nightmarish encounter with a werewolf, seventeen-year-old Adria Dawson loses her sister, but gains the love of a mysterious young man and his legendary family.  Strange and tragic things begin to happen in the small town of Hallowell, Maine: residents come down with an unexplainable 'illness' and some disappear. In the midst of everything, Isaac Mayfair is adamant about keeping Adria safe, even from her sister whom he has warned her to stay away from.  As unspeakable secrets unfold all around Adria, impossible choices become hers to bear. Ultimately, no matter what path she takes, her life and the lives of those she loves will be in peril. As she learns about the werewolf world she also learns why her place in it will change the destinies of many.

Kindred (Book #2)

Isaac Mayfair is hiding a dark secret.  And just when Adria Dawson thinks the worst of her life among the warewolf world is over, she learns the secret that can rip her and Isaac's love apart.  Adria must come to terms with what the truth means for her.  What it means for her life and how much time she has left to live it.  She must choose between two different fates, neither of which can offer life as a certainty.

As if Isaac's betrayal isn't enough, Adria learns that there are things out there older and more powerful than werewolves could ever be.  An archaic entity known only to few as the Praverian, unlike anything Adria has ever known or heard of.

As Adria struggles with her own fateful dilemmas, she must also try to find out why the Praverian is so interested in her and do everything in her power to stay out of its way.

The Ballad of Aramei (Book #3)

Everything about Adria Dawson's life has changed in unimaginable ways:  the shattering betrayal of her mother, the fight for her life and sanity...the loss of her humanity.  But now Adria must face the ultimate challenge and risk not only her life, but the lives of everyone she loves at the wrathful hands of Isaac Mayfair's father.

Determined to help unravel a mysterious message deeply rooted in an unhinged mind, Adria becomes obsessed with traveling into Aramei's turbulent past to see the truth of how the relationships and  betrayals between the Mayfair and Vargas bloodlines were formed.

Meanwhile, Adria and the Mayfairs are doing everything they can to smoke out and trap the Praverian traitor. A  trip to Providence uncovers not only an odd family line who are enemies of the Praverians, but also raises questions about the Praverian's true agenda.

But the traitor will be caught.  People will die.  And Adria's destiny to be the cause of a war will come to pass.  But what could a kind and simply girl like Adria Dawson ever do that could be considered an act of war?  The landscape of the warewolf world will be forever changed in the climactic conclusion to The Darkwoods Trilogy.

Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers)
Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don’t go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another.

While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead.

As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor’s brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.

This is their story…

Reviving Izabel (In the Company of Killers #2)

Determined to live a dark life in the company of the assassin who freed her from bondage, Sarai sets out on her own to settle a score with an evil sadist. Unskilled and untrained in the art of killing, the events that unfold leave her hanging precariously on the edge of death when nothing goes as planned. 

Sarai’s reckless choices send her on a path she knows she can never turn back from and so she presents Victor with an ultimatum: help her become more like him and give her a fighting chance, or she’ll do it alone no matter the consequences. Knowing that Sarai cannot become what she wants to be overnight, Victor begins to train her and inevitably their complicated relationship heats up. 

As Arthur Hamburg’s right-hand man, Willem Stephens, closes in on his crusade to destroy Sarai, she is left with the crushing realization that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. But Sarai, taking on the new and improved role of Izabel Seyfried, still has a set of deadly skills of her own that will prove to be all she needs to secure her place beside Victor.

But there is one test that Izabel must face that has the potential to destroy everything she is working so hard to achieve. One final test that will not only make her question her decision to want this dangerous life, but will make her question everything she has come to trust about Victor Faust.

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